Bronson City Council Minutes
September 11, 2018
The Bronson City Council met in session on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Bronson City Hall. Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM by Mayor Tony Thompson. Council members answering roll: Chad Merchant, Doug Williams, Jamie Amick, and Dave West, Attorney Metcalf was present.
Visitors: Lt. Charles Hertz, Woodbury County Sheriff’s report. During the month of August, in the town of Bronson, deputies conducted direct patrol totaling 25 hrs and 39 minutes and responded to 1 call for service. Additionally, deputies spent 3 hrs. and 15 minutes performing school related activities in the Lawton-Bronson district.
Lisa Cameron was present. She had some questions on the platting of her lots. Attorney Metcalf answered her questions. She also asked if she could have horses on her property. Mayor Thompson and Clerk Jessen looked up the ordinance on the matter and the ordinance does not say anything about horses. Ordinance does however say that in order to have domestic fowl, a permit is required from the town. Mayor asked Lisa if she had chickens and she replied yes. After much discussion, Clerk Jessen asked for a motion from the council to approve a permit for Lisa to have chickens. No one made a motion so a permit was denied. Lisa will need to get rid of the chickens she now has in town.
Ambulance: No one was present for the ambulance report. CJ reported that Matt Plummer resigned from being chief of the ambulance crew. CJ reported that Dillon Hinds will take over being chief. CJ reported that the ambulance needs supplies totaling $400.00-$450.00. There was a motion from Councilman Amick and a second from Councilman West, with all council present voting yes, to approve buying the ambulance supplies
Maintenance: CJ and Roger were present. He reported that the cement work is done at Mike Laughlin’s for replacement of a new water meter and the sidewalk at the shelter house. A new rope has been bought for the flag outside of City Hall. Mayor Thompson reported that Tim Seubert will be bringing in equipment to lift someone up to change the rope and will also switch out banners around town as long as we have the equipment. CJ said the cutting edge on the snow plow needs replaced. He will call Steffan Equipment and see what the cost will be. Roger reported that there is a lot of erosion at the culvert between the ballfields and Ron Lewon. Roger and CJ have permission to get large rock to put at the sight to prevent further erosion. Dixie Chopper needs serviced. Council said to wait till end of the season and then do it. A new side door is needed at the shelter house. There was a motion from Councilman Merchant and a second from Councilman Williams, with all council present voting yes, to approve the purchase of a new door. Also, there was reported that the wall in the women’s bathroom at the shelter is wet so there might be a leak. The matter will be looked into.
Nick was not present at the meeting. Nick wanted the council to discuss more on getting grants for new meters in town. After discussing the matter, council would like Nick to bring the costs of fixing the water meters in town that are broken now, cost of a meter replacement project, and cost to extend a six-inch water main from water tower to Locust Street. Matter tabled until next regular meeting.
BY FUND BY FUND
Road Use Tax
Local Option Sales Tax
AUGUST TOTAL REVENUE
There was a motion from Councilman Merchant and a second from Councilman West, with all council present voting yes, to approve the Treasurer’s financial report. Treasurer Junge gave everyone a copy of the Street Financial Report for approval by passing Resolution #10-2018. There was a motion from Councilman Amick and a second from Councilman West, with all council present voting yes, to approve
Street Financial Report from
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Minutes: There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Williams, with all council present voting yes, to approve the minutes for the August 14th regular meeting.
BILLS FOR APPROVAL FOR SEPT. 2018 MEETING:
CHN garbage $ 1520.42
City of Bronson water bill for city hall $76.00
Wiatel phone bill $67.57
Siouxland District Health bacterial testing $14.00
Iowa One Call locates $48.60
Moville Record publications $145.98
Flag Center rope – reimb. Lindy $67.35
HAKA LLC city truck fuel $120.01
Jackson Pumping pumped septic tank $150.00
Metcalf & Beardshear attorney fees $310.00
PCC billing service for ambulance $123.46
Woodbury County EMS paramedic assist $200.00
American Underground Supply water supplies $288.66
Bomgaars water supplies $29.15
Echo water supplies $24.11
There was a motion from Councilman West, and a second from Councilman Amick, with all council present voting yes, to approve to pay the aforementioned bills.
1. Third reading of Ordinance #3-2018:
Vacating some streets and alleys in and
adjacent to Block 7 of the City of Bronson.
Attorney Metcalf read the second reading of the ordinance. There was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Williams, with all council present voting yes, to approve the third reading of the ordinance. Attorney Metcalf will file the papers and publish the ordinance.
2. Ordinance #4-2018 – ash tree borer: Attorney Metcalf did not have the paperwork done at this time.
3. ISO rating: Letter received from ISO reporting that they have completed its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in our community. The resulting classification is 04/4X which is the same from the last analysis done for the town.
4. Letter from citizen on ditches: Letter received from citizen asking if the City is responsible for maintaining ditches and culverts when damaged by a washout. Council agreed there are a lot of culverts that need dug out and repaired. CJ and Roger will be working on these projects before winter hits.
5. Standing water in culvert by the park: Mayor Thompson has a call into the Woodbury County Engineers Office on the problem. He has not heard back from them. Mayor Thompson will try again.
Anything from Councilman Merchant: When will city hall roof be replaced? Mayor Thompson reported that it would be done at the end of September or beginning of October.
Anything from Councilman Williams: no
Anything from Councilman West: no
Anything from Councilman Amick: Has talked with brother of the farmer who has been farming the city’s land of 9.2 acres out by the leach field. After much discussion, Mayor Thompson will get with Clerk Jessen and they will send an invoice for the amount the city is owed for cash renting the property this year.
Anything from Clerk Jessen: no
Anything from Treasurer Junge: The city needs to purchase a flag for inside the community building. Mayor Thompson said he would check with the American Legion and see what the cost would be.
Since there was no further business to discuss, there was a motion from Councilman West and a second from Councilman Merchant, with all council present voting yes, to adjourn the meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM.
Tony Thompson, Mayor
Lindy Jessen, City Clerk
Published in The Record
Thursday, September 20, 2018